Quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III with LTE connectivity coming to three Korean carriers July 9th

Quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III with LTE connectivity coming to three Korean carriers July 9th
The Korean version of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be quad-core and run over LTE

The Korean version of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be quad-core and run over LTE

Now who says that you can't have it all? Samsung, playing on its home court of Korea, will be offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that not only has a quad-core Exynos  processor, but also includes LTE connectivity. As you probably remember, because of the poor integration between quad-core processors and LTE radios, most handsets offering LTE speed are using the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 as a replacement. While not quad-core, the S4 has performed quite admirably in benchmark tests. It's the same reason why AT&T's version of the HTC One X doesn't feature the Tegra 3 like the International model does.

But starting on July 9th, a trio of Korean carriers, SK Telecom, KT and LG U+, will be offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that not only is powered by the quad-core Exynos processor, it also will feature LTE connectivity. This version of the most wanted phone of the year thus far, will have a 2,100mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and DMB TV tuning. Will there be some sort of karmic payback? Most likely the Koreans totin' this model will be addicted to finding a place to plug in the phone's charger. From the moment they get up in the morning, to the time their head hits the pillow, these Samsung Galaxy S III owners will be consumed with one thought in their mind: I have to plug in my phone. And that's despite a 2,100mAh battery that is no slouch. But it probably will be worth it for the quad-core Exynos speed and the ability to run the Samsung Galaxy S III over zippy LTE pipelines.

source: SamsungTomorrow via Engadget

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Killer phone.

2. RangersK

Posts: 68; Member since: May 15, 2012

Why not in the states?

9. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

if it were in the states it would break massive sales records

3. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Because America's LTE isnt compatible with the Quad Core processors.

4. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I would love to see this here in the U.S.A. with a bigger battery but if released now i would be a bit upset since i just paid full price for a dual core s3. I suppose you have to have something more to look forward to in the galaxy s IV in 2013. That is unless u believe the world will end on dec 21 this year, in that case enjoy your last phone.

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Why not switch off Lte by default,and turn it on when needed?

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I wonder what took them so long to arrive in south korea while these phones are made in korea itself. Did they give the galaxy s2 lte/hd lte some time before it's already considered old?

10. cncrim

Posts: 1533; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Im happy if hspa compatiblewith that spec.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lucky...bastards. >.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

over exaggerate much on the battery? lolol. "i just woke up.. my phone has been on the charger all night.. i need to find another place to charge it!" lol easy answer.. turn LTE off unless you are doing heavy streaming. I would still kill to get my hands on that version. quad core and 2gig ram. :) i want to see the benchmarks.

13. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Someone must have paid off money somewhere dumping these Qualcomms into both htc and samsung high end phones for the USA.

14. SvbZero

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Don't get me wrong.. I'd love to have this phone.. But because of not knowing when the US would get the S III.. I went for the One X. You can't go wrong with either phone . And that the S4 can put up a 5,500 Quadrant Standard score being dual-core.. The One X is actually a pretty impressive phone itself :)

15. SvbZero

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

However.. after the recent forced OTA update pushed to the One X from HTC.. I've yet to see a single Quadrant Standard score touch 5,000 :( Hopefully HTC will repair the damage done.. The OTA update was pushed early June

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